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URGENT - IMMEDIATE POST REQUESTED WINTER STORM LOCAL STATEMENT NUMBER 1 COWA WINTER STORM CENTER COLUMBUS OH 130 AM EST 16 JAN 2019 ...SEVERE WINTER STORM WILL BRING VERY HEAVY SNOW AND HIGH WINDS THROUGH THE WEEKEND... OHZ010>015-201901211200 /O.KWSC.ALT.BLZ.A.201901160130.201901201900.O/ /O.KWSC.ALT.WCH.A.201901160130.201901211200.O/ NORTHWEST OH-NORTH CENTRAL OH-NORTHEAST OH-WEST CENTRAL OH-CENTRAL OH-EAST CENTRAL OH- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... DUBLIN...COLUMBUS...HILLIARD...LEWIS CENTER... POWELL...WORTHINGTON...WESTERVILLE...DELAWARE...MARION...MARYSVILLE... POLARIS...GROVE CITY...UPPER ARLINGTON...GRANDVIEW...GROVEPORT... REYNOLDSBURG...PICKERINGTON...LANCASTER...GAHANNA...NEWARK...YOUNGSTOWN... CLEVELAND...ASHTABULA...CANTON...MASSILON...AKRON...TOLEDO...SYLVANIA... SOLON...CHARDON...DAYTON...CLAYTON...EATON...ALLIANCE...TIFFIN...KENTON... DEFIANCE...BEXLEY...SANDUSKY...CEDAR POINT...GALION...NORWALK...UPPER SANDUSKY 130 AM EST 1 JAN 2019 ...BLIZZARD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT... ...WINDCHILL WATCH NOW IN EFFECT... .NEW INFORMATION... A BLIZZARD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED. A WINDCHILL WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. UPDATED STORM INFORMATION. .AREAS AFFECTED... THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF OHIO. .WATCHES/WARNINGS... A BLIZZARD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS... NORTHWEST OHIO NORTH-CENTRAL OHIO NORTHEAST OHIO WEST-CENTRAL OHIO CENTRAL OHIO EAST-CENTRAL OHIO THIS INCLUDES... BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO... THE METRO AREAS OF THE FOLLOWING CITIES... TOLEDO... SANDUSKY... CLEVELAND... AKRON... CANTON... YOUNGSTOWN... DAYTON... COLUMBUS A WINDCHILL WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED FOR THESE AREAS. A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THAT BLIZZARD CONDITIONS... INCLUDING SUSTAINED WINDS OF FREQUENT GUSTS OF 35 MPH OR MORE AND VISIBILITY REDUCTION BELOW 1/4 MILE... ARE POSSIBLE. DUE TO DIFFICULTY ACQUIRING SUPPLIES AND PERFORMING OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DURING WINTER STORM CONDITIONS... A BLIZZARD WATCH IS GENERALLY ISSUED ABOUT 72 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED EARLIEST ONSET OF WINTER PRECIPITATION. A WINDCHILL WATCH MEANS THAT WINDCHILL VALUES OF -10 OR BELOW ARE POSSIBLE. WINDCHILL VALUES THIS LOW CAN EASILY CAUSE FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. .STORM INFORMATION... AS OF 130 AM WEDNESDAY... THE WINTER STORM HAS NOT YET DEVELOPED. .SITUATION OVERVIEW WINTER STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND... WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE... AS A MAJOR STORM SYSTEM SWEEPS ACROSS THE AREA OVER A SPAN OF ABOUT 30 HOURS BETWEEN 3 AM SATURDAY MORNING AND 9 AM SUNDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS MAY REACH 10-16 INCHES OR MORE DURING THIS TIME PERIOD... DEPENDING ON MINOR TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCES. ON SUNDAY... WINDS GUSTING TO NEAR 40 MPH MAY CAUSE CONTINUED OR INTENSIFIED BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THIS LARGE SNOW ACCUMULATION. DRIFTS MAY REACH DEPTHS OF SEVERAL FEET... INCLUDING ON ROADWAYS IN SOME AREAS. TEMPERATURES WILL BECOME EXTREMELY COLD... POSSIBLY FALLING TO NEAR -10 BY MONDAY MORNING WITH LOWER WINDCHILL VALUES. .PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THAT BLIZZARD CONDITIONS... INCLUDING SUSTAINED WINDS OF FREQUENT GUSTS OF 35 MPH OR MORE AND VISIBILITY REDUCTION BELOW 1/4 MILE... ARE POSSIBLE. DUE TO DIFFICULTY ACQUIRING SUPPLIES AND PERFORMING OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DURING WINTER STORM CONDITIONS... A BLIZZARD WATCH IS GENERALLY ISSUED ABOUT 72 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED EARLIEST ONSET OF WINTER PRECIPITATION. STOCK UP ON FOOD AND BATTERIES. DO NOT RUN GAS-POWERED GENERATORS OR HEATERS INDOORS... AS THIS CAN CAUSE A DEADLY BUILDUP OF TOXIC CARBON MONOXIDE. DO NOT TRAVEL!. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL DUE TO AN EMERGENCY... PACK A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT. A WINDCHILL WATCH MEANS THAT WINDCHILL VALUES OF -10 OR BELOW ARE POSSIBLE. WINDCHILL VALUES THIS LOW CAN EASILY CAUSE FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. WEAR THICK LAYERS AND SPEND AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM OF TIME OUTDOORS TO AVOID HARMFUL MEDICAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH EXTREME COLD. .NEXT UPDATE... THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED TONIGHT... OR AS CONDITIONS WARRANT. && /O.KWSC.ALT.BLZ.A.201901160130.201901201900.O/ /O.KWSC.ALT.WCH.A.201901160130.201901211200.O/ **DB-WATCH** SNOW...WIND...HASH 13IN 30MPH #BLIZZARDWATCH $$ LARSEN
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